I was thinking about how essential roots were the other day...

I come from a long line of farmers on both sides of the gene pool. So I’ve learned a lot about growing things. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that while the fruit or harvest is worthy of attention, the real value and care needs to be invested in the roots. 

The roots are what reach into the soil, whether it be rocky, sandy, or rich, and finds what the plant needs to grow. 

And more importantly, it keeps the plant grounded, literally. No matter what happens, the roots hold on.

How are your roots doing right now? And no, I don’t mean your hair…

I mean your emotional, mental, and spiritual roots? 

Are they getting pulling out? Feeling frail? Feeling unnourished?

I think a lot of feeling ungrounded right now can come from a sense of disconnection in so much of what used to be your “normal” life.

I know you’ve spent a lot of time making sure your family finds a schedule. Because especially for some of our young individuals, schedules are their lifeblood. 

And you’ve done well, even in the times when you think you haven’t.

But what about your schedule? 

Have you stopped to consider how blown apart your life has become in the past two months?

You had your routine, and it became vital to you. Get up, get everyone ready, dropped off to school or daycare, work, shopping, dinner, homework, relax, bedtime…

And now, you might feel like you are playing a shell game, just trying to figure out what is under the next rock.

That’s why you might be feeling disconnected and a little down or lost at times. And you do not see the same kinds of good fruit you used to.

So what can you do to get back to your roots and tend to them? To get regrounded.

Well, it really does start with the literally ground beneath you.  

How much time do you take to just stand on your feet and feel the ground beneath your feet? 

To connect to the Earth?

I know it sounds a little silly, but try it. 

Take off your shoes, walk barefoot, and just feel the ground.

If you can, go outside and plant your feet solidly on the ground.

As silly as it sounds, maybe you are spending too much time sitting on your bottom, and not standing on your feet.

Stand up straight and tall, and just breathe.

See? You are connected. You are not floating. 

You are right where you need to be, firmly planted.

And next, find your newly rooted schedule, and the reasons behind each action, and make a list of what you want to accomplish this month.

Write it down. It’s new, you haven’t been doing this for long, really. 

So write down what you hope to accomplish and establish a plan for doing it.

These are your goals and your roots. Tend to them. They are just as crucial to keeping your family and home stable. As is all the other stuff you are doing to make sure everyone continues to be nurtured.

Maybe even the most important.